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Wayne O. Craig, Air Force fighter pilot won Distinguished Flying Cross

June 23, 1938 – Feb. 21, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN – Wayne O. Craig, of Youngstown, a retired Air Force fighter pilot, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after a 15-year battle with cancer. He was 77.

Born in Galva, Ill., he was the descendant of a Scottish immigrant who came to Vermont in 1764. He attended Northrop Aeronautical Institute prior to enlisting in the Air Force.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, where he piloted the F-102 fighter, he flew many jets during his long career, the last being the F-16. He joined the 107th Fighter Interceptor Group in the New York Air National Guard in 1971 and retired in 1993 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He received numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and building cars, furniture, TV sets and model airplanes. He flew his planes at Reservoir Park with the Wings and Rotor Model Airplane Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Judi E. Carmichael; a daughter, Debi Craig Shane; two sons, Daniel and Timothy J.; and six grandchildren.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held in Hampden, Maine.

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